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Chicago Chiropractor Talks TMJ

Chicago Chiropractor Talks TMJ

Of the many areas of the body that Chicago chiropractors are able to help, most people are surprised to learn that the jaw is on the list. It’s easy to associate back pain and neck pain with chiropractic treatment, but people who suffer from TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in Chicago can also find relief.

What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder refers to conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. This joint connects your jaw to your skull. The muscles and ligaments that connect to this area are very powerful and are used constantly throughout the day. When you are talking, eating, chewing gum, yawning, drinking, etc… This area of your body is very important in everyday functions.

Some common symptoms of TMJ include pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth or front of the ear when you chew or yawn, clicking noises in the jaw, an inability to open your mouth wide or having your jaw lock when you are able to open it. Some patients experience headaches, hearing issues, dizziness or earaches as part of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Causes of TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder has a long list of potential causes that your Sauganash chiropractor will explore when you book your appointment. Some of the known causes of TMJ may include jaw trauma or dislocation, physical or emotional stress, even sitting in a dentist’s chair for long periods of time with your mouth wide open. The emotional stress doesn’t end up causing TMJ on its own, but if you tend to clench your teeth as a result, this may end up causing it. Statistics show that women are four times as likely to suffer from TMJ as men.

One of the most common findings we see with people who suffer from TMJ issues are changes in the alignment of the neck bones or loss of the normal curvature in the neck, which creates postural changes that effects the TMJ joint.

Can Chiropractic Help TMJ?

Once your chiropractor confirms that you do have TMJ, you’ll be given a treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation. Our team at Bourdage Chiropractic will get to the cause of your problem, so every angle is explored before a thorough plan is created. Usually, a treatment plan for TMJ will include chiropractic adjustments, special exercises and possibly muscle work to the area involved.

If you have any of the symptoms of TMJ, schedule a consultation with a chiropractor as soon as possible. It’s also important that you follow any advice or recommendations given during that consultation and subsequent appointments. Every exercise and treatment is designed to remove the underlying cause of the problem and restore your jaw function back to normal.

At Bourdage Chiropractic in Chicago our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.

Chiropractic and Back Pain

Chiropractic and Back Pain

Patients and Friends of Bourdage Chiropractic, please enjoy this guest post by my good friend and amazing Chiropractor, Dr. Gene Fish.

Back Pain affects 85 out of 100 people at some time in their lives and is one of the most common health concerns. In fact, the leading cause of disability for Americans under the age of 45 is back pain. The number of Americans who experience frequent back pain is in the millions.

Your back is designed to be strong and able to protect the spinal cord and nerve roots that are highly sensitive. It is also supposed to be flexible so that a wide range of motion is attainable. The anatomy consists of a combination of vertebrae, muscles, flexible tendons, and ligaments – along with highly sensitive nerves such as your sciatic nerve. When the nerves or muscles are irritated or strained, it will lead to back pain. Acute back pain generally lasts between a few days – but can last a few weeks or longer. This is typically due to a trauma. Chronic back pain can last for more than three months and the cause is typically trickier to determine. The longer the back pain persists, the weaker the back muscles can get. Weaker back muscles can also result in more pain because the muscles can’t properly support the spine structure.

The best equipped type of doctor to diagnose and treat your back pain is a chiropractor. Rather than masking pain, chiropractors will try to get to the true cause of your problem and have effective and natural solutions to fix it permanently – not merely patch it like with a pain medicine.


Gene Fish D.C.

Chiropractor at Genesis Chiropractic Clinic in Horsham PA

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise Here:

In my office I discuss all aspects of health with my patients. One of the most popular topics that always comes up is exercise. In this blog post I’d like to talk exercise; exercise is a broad topic and there are many different ways to exercise. It is important that before you embark on an exercise program you take into consideration your current fitness level, age, injuries and other factors that you may have to work around.

Exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy and strong. Unfortunately, as Americans we do move our bodies enough or get enough exercise. I feel this is because most people assume that to get a good workout you need to go to the gym and spend an hour each time you are there to get an effective workout. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The key is to incorporate movement into your every day life. Whether it be taking the stairs instead of the escalator, parking further from the door at the grocery store, carrying your children instead of using a stroller, etc…

If you look around there are many opportunities to create more movement in your day. Now that the weather is getting nicer it is time to get outside. I use the summer months as a chance to get out of the gym and into nature. Activities like kayaking, biking, hiking, sprinting up hills, and other things that you maybe don’t get the chance to do during other times of the year. Do something new. When you challenge your body in new ways you become stronger and healthier.

Get outside and get moving. Do something new, learn a new skill, take your kids along and make it a family affair. Let me know in the comments what new ways you have come up with this summer to move your body!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage

Chiropractic and Vertigo

Chiropractic and Vertigo

I had a patient come to see me for his lower back pain, but during his consultation it came to my attention that he was also suffering from vertigo for the past 3 years. He was not as concerned with his vertigo as he was his lower back pain because he thought there was nothing that could be done to correct it. He knew chiropractors fix back pain, but didn’t think vertigo was a “chiropractic issue” He had already been evaluated by the “specialists” and was given no answers.

One of my early mentors in Chiropractic taught me to always offer your patients hope. I know I have had many patients with vertigo get better, so I asked him if he would mind if I worked on improving his vertigo too? “Sure doc, just help me to feel better” was his response. After a careful examination I discovered not only did he have subluxations (vertebrae out of alignment) in his lower back, but he had a subluxation in his neck too. We got him set up on a treatment plan and after two weeks of adjustments, voila!! No more lower back pain or vertigo! He was amazed! For the first in many years he was able to check his blind spots while driving without getting dizzy!

Form Effects Function

Any time there is a mis-alignment or restriction in the spine it causes stress to the body. In this particular case, the subluxation in the cervical spine was causing vertigo. After specific spinal adjustments were applied, the vertigo disappeared. The best part of this story is that this patient has been vertigo free for over one year now! That is the power of chiropractic and a healthy spine and nervous system.

Be well!